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External tracks on in-mast furling

We have a Little Harbour 37'7 with a Hood design in mast furling system. We are trying to figure out the best way to be able to rig a trisail.

We have looked at setting a external track on the mast though are concerned that the rivets on the inside of the mast may damage our sail. Someone had suggested a mule sail though there does not seem to be much information out there about the set up and how it compares to using a trisail.

Thought I might post it here and see if anyone else out there had run into a similar problem and if so what suggestions people might have.

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Sorm sail and in mast furling

There are at least two solutions:

1. Rig a stay from below the spreaders (assume your storm sail is not higher) to the deck like you would rig a cutter stay but than almost vertical parallel to the mast. You can hank on the try-sail on this stay as an old fashioned stay sail. You may want to expiriment a bit to avaoid damage to the mast from the shackels.

2. Indeed as a lugger sail with lines around the mast. The drawback is that you cannot have the sail readily prepared to hoist and you probably won't like to be balancing above the stored mainsail.

3. Not a real #3 but you can use the main sail track, however same issue as above.

I wonder whether the track you would like to have would cause any problems but that depends on the room left between the mainsail and the mast inside.
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